Religious Education (RE)
At our school this is led by Miss Stout
Our RE teaching is based upon the Hertfordshire Agreed Syllabus of Religious Education. This includes teaching the children about the six major world religions of Christianity, Islam, Judaism, Hinduism, Sikhism and Buddhism. Each year group studies a different religion in conjunction with Christianity. As a multi-cultural school and society we look for ways to celebrate our cultural diversity. This can include activities such as visits to places of worships, special assemblies and themed events.
We hold an assembly on a daily basis. We consider assembly to be an essential part of learning to be a member of the school community. Our assemblies follow the government guidelines in that they are broadly Christian.
You may request that your child be excluded from acts of worship or religious education. You must write to the Headteacher if you wish your child to be excluded from any religious activity.
Our intent is that R.E. both supports and strengthens what we aim to do in every aspect of school life. Our caring ethos and the values which we place on the development of the whole child; spiritually, morally, socially, culturally and intellectually is reflected in R.E. Through the children having a better understanding of diverse beliefs, it will empower them to make more informed interpretations of what they see going on around them, and therefore prepare them for the outside world.
R.E. is taught each week in KS1 and KS2 this covers the legal requirement of 60 hours across KS1 and 156 hours across KS2. In EYFS R.E. is taught as part of Understanding the World and Personal, Social and Emotional Development. We follow the Hertfordshire agreed curriculum and use planning from 'Planbee' to support this. We have a two year rolling long term plan to ensure we teach all aspects of the RE curriculum. Where possible we link RE to the main theme being taught in the class for that half term. We aim to install in the children a curiosity for religions outside of their own and the ‘big questions’ in life, as well as respect for the beliefs of others. We aim to ensure that links are made to R.E. throughout the broader curriculum wherever these can be meaningfully done. These usually take place at times of religious festivals e.g. at Christmas or Diwali. Throughout the teaching of R.E. we aim for the children to have a broad understanding of the six main world religions; Christianity, Judaism, Islam, Hinduism, Sikhism and Buddhism. We teach elements of these religions across the school, building upon the teaching of previous year groups in a clear sequence of progression
By the time children leave Flamstead Village School, they will have a broad and well developed understanding of the six major world religions. The children will have explored the core beliefs, practices and celebrations of Christianity, Islam, Judaism, Hinduism, Sikhism and Buddhism. They will leave school with a deepened respect and understanding for religious practices outside of their own which will enable them to thrive in an increasingly diverse and multi-cultured society